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MOVIE REVIEW " Resident Evil: The Final Chapter "

MOVIE REVIEW " Resident Evil: The Final Chapter "

 3 out of 5 (Good) 3 out of 5 (Good)

Director: Paul W. S. Anderson
Box office117.7 million USD
Music composed byPaul Haslinger

 

Production companies: Capcom, Davis Films, Impact Pictures, Capcom Entertainment

 

Milla Jovovich just seems to get better and better at action with every film. And this film has action from scene one. There are zombies and monstrous creatures galore to keep your eyes glued to the screen.

 Milla Jovovich has perfected that stare which you can see on the posters everywhere. She's reprising her role as Alice, the enemy number one of Umbrella Corporation. Umbrella Corporation is responsible for the release of the T-Virus that has wiped out most of the Earth's population.

This movie tells us why the zombies have been unleashed upon the world. The zombies are as creepy as ever, running in hoards after live people, which are dwindling fast. Alice of course fights and fights every hoard with newer tricks up her sleeve. Milla Jovovich is in superb physical condition and nothing she does seems to be out of whack or impossible. Considering that the film is the result of a video game, the action in the film is just as satisfying.

The creatures that have evolved from the deadly T-Virus are scary. The first encounter with the creature keeps your heart in your mouth and the popcorn in your hands. The tank with the zombies running after the hapless victim tied to the tank is just as heart-stopping an event as the zombies trying to get to the resistance.

The resistance is made up of people who trust Milla as much as it is made up of those who don't. But they have one common enemy and their numbers are growing. But time is running out on the one hope Alice has: To reach the headquarters of the Umbrella Corporation and find the antidote...

The one hour forty seven minute ride outrunning zombies, fighting baddies, falling down, getting beaten up and dealing with the Tyrant - Dr. Issacs who just won't die. You will find yourself whooping and cheering the violence instead of being horrified by it, but then that's the nature of this film series. 

Movie Review “BATMAN v SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE”

 

Movie Review “BATMAN vs SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE”

Rating: 3.5 ( 3.5/5 )

Starring: Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Jesse Eisenberg, Ray Fisher, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne, Diane Lane, and Jeremy Irons

Written by: David S. Goyer

Directed by: Zack Snyder

Produced by: Charles Roven and Deborah Snyder

Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures

GENRE:Action

DURATION:2 hours 33 minutes

An improvement over Man of Steel, and a much better Batman movie than it is a Superman film. The highlights far outweigh the issues, and DC now has a base on which it can build its empire.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice serves many purposes, some more effectively than others. First and foremost, it’s a natural continuation to -- and a significant improvement on -- Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel, a contemporary origin story for the classic Superman character that introduced Henry Cavill as Kal-El, an alien from the planet Krypton whose presence on Earth causes… let’s just say “problems.” Secondly,Dawn of Justice is a stellar Batman movie, differentiating itself from Christopher Nolan’s recent trilogy by casting Ben Affleck as a grizzled, seasoned but burned out Caped Crusader whose primary mission is to strategize against his new adversary, Superman. And finally, Dawn of Justice -- as that subtitle implies – lays the groundwork for future DC Comics movies by sprinkling in recognizable references to members of the Justice League. Nowadays, that’s called “world building,” and it’s essential to forward-thinking movie franchises, even though most of these nods raise questions that aren’t answered here. (So, buy a ticket to one of the many DC Films on the Warner Bros. calendar between now and 2020!)

So much was written, following the controversial conclusion of
 Man of Steel, about the destruction caused by Superman as he battled General Zod (Michael Shannon). Superman was a relative novice when it came to combat, and he invited chaos before eventually snapping Zod’s neck (another controversial topic). Rather than run from the end of Man of Steel, Snyder and his Oscar-winning screenwriter, Chris Terrio (Argo), embrace it and make Superman’s consequences integral to the action inBatman v Superman. After a brief recreation of Batman’s tragic origin – you know it by heart, the one with the gun, the pearls, the alley and the funeral – Snyder brilliantly opens Batman v Superman in the wreckage ofMan of Steel, though this time, we witness it from the viewpoint of Bruce Wayne (Affleck). He’s on the ground in a crumbling Metropolis, and because he’s The God Damn Batman, Wayne springs into action to rescue as many innocent citizens as possible. Batman, a human hero, looks up in the sky and doesn’t see a bird or a plane. He sees a destructive alien force who can wipe out our planet with little to no resistance. So he begins to plan.  

Bruce Wayne’s not the only person terrified of Superman. Across town, Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) has begun pulling various strings behind the scenes to put himself in position to retaliate against Kal-El, if ever the need should arise. Wayne and Luthor simultaneously are racing to acquire a chunk of Kryptonite that was part of the World Engine that landed in the Indian Ocean during
 Man of Steel. Neither trusts Superman, as his arrival officially has changed the game as far as they knew it.  

Sadly, the least interesting character in
 Batman v Superman is Superman, even though his presence is the catalyst for virtually everything that happens in this story. Terrio’s screenplay spends more time than any other previous Superman film asking relevant questions about how governments of the world would react to the arrival of an all-powerful being like Kal-El. This isn’t the Richard Donner days, where Superman instantly is embraced as a well-intentioned savior, and a symbol of good. This is 2016, and we are a cynical movie-going audience who – like Bruce Wayne – automatically assume that Superman could be a threat, and so must be feared until he can be controlled.

But Superman’s moral quandary isn’t nearly as compelling as Batman’s homicidal paranoia or Lex Luthor’s maniacal manipulations, and the movie’s always more compelling when it spends more time with its newcomers than when it lingers on the Blue Boy Scout. And here, Ben Affleck really plugs in to the suspicion, fear and mistrust that are essential to playing a world-weary Dark Knight, and delivers a spectacular version of the classic comic hero. We know this Batman has suffered numerous hardships. Conversations with his trusted manservant, Alfred (a stoic Jeremy Irons), or glimpses of a defaced Robin costume hint at horrible tragedies from Bruce’s past. But in Superman, Batman sees an enemy he hasn’t figured out how to best. Not yet, anyway. Affleck’s portrayal of Batman is fantastic, and part of the reason why I like
 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice as much as I do. The veteran actor, with experience both as a leading man and as tabloid fodder, now has the gravitas and the life lessons necessary to play both Batman and Bruce Wayne convincingly. He’s excellent casting for the fledgling DC Cinematic Universe, on rock on which Snyder and company can build.

“But these guys eventually fight, right?” I can hear you asking. This is called
 Batman v Superman, after all. But here’s the best part. Zack Snyder doesn’t rush to the main event, building to it slowly by explaining – from both sides – why a throw down between these DC icons eventually becomes necessary. You’ll have to see it to fully understand why, but I can tell you that the v in Batman v Superman is earned. There’s a reason for their fight, and there’s a winner. That alone is worth the price of admission.

I haven’t mentioned Wonder Woman yet. That’s because she’s superfluous here. Not that Gal Gadot is bad as Wonder Woman. She’s not. It’s also undoubtedly historic to see the legendary DC hero finally portrayed on the big screen in a massive blockbuster. But Gadot’s scenes, either as Diana Prince or as Wonder Woman, are window dressing for the character’s eventual role in
 Justice League, as well as her own solo movie. You could remove Wonder Woman from this movie and essentially have the same film. That’s neither good nor bad, just a fact. The same can be said for all of the references to the Justice League heroes. There’s an organic way that they are introduced – and one particular scene (probably my favorite in the whole film) hints at what may be a very cool wrinkle in a future film. But they are placeholders, and may frustrate casual fans who don’t get vague references to characters like Cyborg or the villainous Darkseid.

The distractions of the DC Cinematic Universe are both a blessing and a curse. They’re necessary, as Snyder is setting up more movies with this one film. But they’re also fluff in an already busy story. And that says nothing about the biggest concern with
 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, though here it’s difficult to address without diving too deep into portions that you don’t want to read. I want to say that if you leaveBatman v Superman about 20 minutes before the end credits roll, you will feel a lot better about what Zack Snyder accomplished than if you stay for his chaotic, noisy and wholly unnecessary finale. At the same time, by then, you’ve likely already invested. In for a penny, in for a pound.

You’ve read this far. Allow me to summarize.
 Batman v Supermanimproves on Man of Steel by introducing a terrifically effective Batman (the world’s greatest detective actually detects!) and a complicated Lex Luthor, giving us some of the best versions of those characters that we’ve seen on screen for a long while. It’s far from perfect, but it’s largest sins can be overlooked because of the massive feats the blockbuster actually accomplishes, establishing a strong core for future DC movies and immediately making us more confident and far more interested in what Snyder will attempt in his Justice League movies. For now, DC’s cinematic future looks bright.  

Movie Review "Sicario "

Movie Review "Sicario "

Rating:   (4 / 5)  : Very Good (Very Good )
 
Cast: Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro, Josh Brolin, Jon Bernthal, Bernardo P. Saracino
Direction: Denis Villeneuve
Genre: Action
Duration: 2 hours 1 minute

Story: During a routine but dangerous raid in a dusty, sun-baked town close to the US-Mexico border, two of agent Kate Macer's (Blunt) squad members are killed by an IED. She had also stumbled upon a rather unsettling discovery inside the house they were raiding. Macer then volunteers to be part of a strike group whose mission is to take down a drug cartel.

Review: Be it the fact that this film deals with modern-day drug wars along the US-Mexico border, or the movie's ominous tone, you might find yourself reminded about both Steven Soderbergh's Traffic (that also starred Del Toro) and - also directed by Villeneuve - Prisoners at various points during the movie. The former for the content (drug wars) and the latter, for the pacing and immersion. But that's where any semblance of common ground ends.

For starters, the perspective in Sicario is entirely different. The movie is a revelatory look at not only the vast and complex nature of the drug trade in that part of the world, but it also highlights the unorthodox means the good guys (read: the authorities) have to take to try and dismantle, or more realistically, cripple the trade.

After stumbling upon something decidedly dangerous during an operation in Chandler, Arizona during which two FBI agents are killed, Macer (a Special Weapons and Tactics hotshot) volunteers to join an elite team created by the Department of Defense to take the fight to a cartel boss' doorstep. Macer wants revenge but she also wants to do it by the book. But Matt Graver (Brolin, completely on point here), a DoD potentiary, has no qualms about bending rules. As does his partner, a Colombian named Alejandro (Del Toro, fantastic) who speaks little but gets a lot done. On her first mission, Macer realizes that they will actually be heading to Juarez in Mexico, rather than El Paso. It's the first of many surprises she's going to have.

Sicario is heavy on action and gritty realism. This is without a doubt, one of the best movies out this year.

Movie Review: "Cindrella"

Movie Review: "Cindrella"

Rating:   (4 / 5)  : Very Good (Very Good

Cast: Lily James, Richard Madden, Cate Blanchett, Stellan Skarsgård, Holliday Grainger, Derek Jacobi, Helena Bonham Carter

Direction: Kenneth Branagh
Genre: Fantasy
Duration: 1 hour 52 minutes
 

Review: You'll be happy to know that the adaptation of French author Charles Perrault's oft rendered Cendrillon is done with depth. After the studio's attempt to redefine the contours of preachy fairytales (with films like Maleficent), director Kenneth Branagh delivers quintessential comfort cinema with this flick.

It's a surprise that despite opulence being its selling point, the film doesn't shirk away from adding layers to the fable. It's tough to bring newness to a story this widely read but Branagh has smartly added nuances to his hoard of characters. The supporting cast is ruthlessly negated, despite visible promise. But this situation allows the film to remain invested in the myriad shades of its titular character, who is an epitome of empowerment in a very different sense of the term. She is pliant yet holds her ground without seeming priggish.

Over its runtime, you'll inevitably stumble upon the movie's finer elements. The scene, where the evil stepmother reveals her reasons for ill-treating Ella, is striking. Screenwriter Chris Weitz earns credit for being able to bring in perspective and highlight the stepmother's loneliness and age as legitimate reasons to be envious of Ella, instead of conjuring up a plain black-and-white narrative.

The film's simplicity is its boon. As passe as the terms 'kindness' and 'courage' sound in the real world, this movie ably catapults one to the era of quaintness, where faith could turn life around. It's an effort to reinstate hope that 'magic' still exists.

Technically, the film is spectacular. The grand ball scene is fabulously done and the CG is used correctly. Largely minimal on special effects, the visual marvel is exhibited in the fancy choice of locations. The scene where Ella meets the Prince is dreamy.

The film is vividly narrated and banks on the mettle of its story and acting. Lily James as Cinderella and Richard Madden as the Prince(Kit) deliver fresh performances with a pleasant chemistry.

Holding the trappings of its fairy tale source, Cinderella is a treat to watch.

 

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